Next on News 7-
A Roanoke pawn shop owner finds himself in trouble with the law and owing
Plus a car drives right in to a Roanoke dry cleaner.
Tomorrow will be unusually warm with readings near 70. Details ahead.
The head of the National Institutes of Health speaks out on cloning-- saying
duplicating humans makes interesting movies but poor science.
While that debate rambles on, we'll feature another genetic research
project at Virginia Tech-- where PIGS, not sheep, are the main focus.
IN Q=They didn't ask
((THEY DIDN'T ASK ME TO PARK MY VEHICLE OUT BACK. THEY JUST TOOK THIS LITTLE
PIECE OF PAPER RIGHT HERE, GIVE ME MY $100 AND SENT ME OUT THE DOOR.))
OUT Q=out the door.
About 400 people borrowed money that way, hocking their car titles with
City Pawn Shop.
Now the Attorney General says it was illegal and the Pawn Shop must issue
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT 5
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A man more often associated with auto racing than pawn broking now finds
himself in trouble with the law.
When Tim McGuire opened a pawn shop a couple of years ago, he wanted to
avoid stockpiling jewelry, T-V sets and other merchandise.
He figured he'd just lend money on vehicle TITLES, rather than take cars
Last Fall, a judge in Richmond ruled that pawn shops can only accept
physical items... not vehicle titles.
The ruling could cost McGuire thousands of dollars, but he settled the case
without a fight.
IN Q=We felt
((TIM MCGUIRE/PAWN SHOP OWNER: WE FELT LIKE IF WE WERE GOING TO LOOSE MONEY, I
WOULD RATHER LOOSE IT TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE DEALT HERE AND SUPPORTED US, NOT
TO ATTORNEYS AND ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICES. ))
SUPER=01-Tim McGuire/Pawn Shop Owner
The attorney general claims City Pawn is not a bona fide pawnbroker, citing
McGuire points out Pawn Brokers regulations haven't changed in 45 years.
Current and former Roanoke College students arrested near Carvins Cove
early Tuesday morning, say they weren't hazing.
Eighteen people face charges as a result of the incident, today they were
arraigned at the Roanoke County Courthouse.
All were charged with trespassing on property along Timber View Road. Some
also face charges of hazing and being drunk in public.
Roanoke County police found four of the students blindfolded, lying face
down in four to six inches of water.
Members of the group declined interviews, but said the incident should not
be considered hazing.
A Roanoke jury found (se-PAY-da) Cepada Wiley guilty of manslaughter last
night-- today, jurors recommended an 8 year prison term.
The jury said Wiley should serve five years for fatally shooting Jesse
Ferguson last July, and three years for the illegal use of a firearm.
Wiley TEARFULLY testified he'd never been in trouble with the law before.
IN Q=and I think the testimony
((ALTON PRILLAMAN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; AND I THINK THE TESTIMONY YOU HAVE BEFORE
YOU IS THAT FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE HE WILL BE A PEACEFUL LAW ABIDING CITIZEN.
AND NO FURTHER DIFFICULTY WITH THE COURTS.))
SUPER=01-Alton Prillaman/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=with the courts
The prosecution hammered Wiley for firing ten shots with a pistol that has a
range of almost a mile.
IN Q="did you think"
(( DID YOU THINK ABOUT HOW MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE IN THAT 1 MILE RANGE WHEN
YOU FIRED THOSE TEN SHOTS? NO I DIDN'T.
DID YOU THINK ABOUT HOW MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE IN THE EMBASSY MOTEL THE
MORNING OF JULY FOURTH?
SUPER=02-Tom Bowers/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q="July 4th? No."
Wiley's bond was revoked and he was taken into custody.
Formal sentencing is scheduled in April.
Police have turned to a former Miss America as they investigate the murder
of JonBenet Ramsey.
Marilyn Van-Derbur Atler said in 1991 her late father sexually molested
SUPER=03-Boulder, CO/File Tape;
She says she was interviewed in the Ramsey case as a resource.
Atler is now in her 50's, and lives in Denver.
Ramsey was a child beauty queen who was found strangled in her Boulder,
An autopsy concluded she may have been sexually assaulted.
Fire gutted a vacant store in Lynchburg early this morning.
A witness spotted flames coming from the back of this building on Campbell
Avenue around 6-AM.
The fire spread to the second floor and attic before firefighters could even
begin throwing water on it.
It took them more than a half hour to bring the blaze under control.
IN Q=We went to
((BATT. CHIEF/LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE WENT TO DEFENSIVE POSITIONS,
KNOCKED THE FIRE DOWN FAIRLY WELL WITH MASSIVE STREAMS AND MADE A SECOND ENTRY.
BY THAT TIME THE FLOOR, THE SECOND FLOOR WAS TOO SPONGY FOR THE CREWS TO REMAIN
SUPER=01-Batt. Chief Les Puckett/Lynchburg Fire Dept.; :00
OUT Q=to remain there.
The building, which at one time was a grocery store, was being used as a
The cause of the fire has NOT been determined.
A car came crashing through the front window of "A Cleaner World" Dry
Cleaners... startling employees.
Amazingly no one was hurt but even more surprising, no one was behind the
Across busy Brandon Road Oscar Hackworth came out of Little Caesars to find
his Oldsmobile was gone.
IN Q=I had my car
((OSCAR HACKWORTH/CAR OWNER: I HAD MY CAR PARKED OVER IN THE MALL PARKING LOT
AT LITTLE CAESARS AND IT ROLLED ACROSS THE PARKING LOT AND ACROSS THIS HIGHWAY
HERE, WHATEVER THE NAME IS, INTO THE DRY CLEANERS HERE.))
SUPER=01-Oscar Hackworth/Car Owner;
OUT Q=dry cleaners here.
The car apparently had been left in neutral when it drifted across the
parking lots and a four-lane road. (----------------)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- it's been a roller coaster ride on Wall Street
Plus First Union Bank is going national in hopes of wooing customers
And on Health Check-- we'll go beyond the science, focusing instead, on the
human side of AIDS...one mother has a lesson for families.
Also coming up-- ride along with Roanoke's two wheeled delivery service.
Patrick has a live report-- when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
Stocks fell quickly today- even before Federal Chairman Alan Greenspan
spoke before a Senate panel.
Greenspan says caution seems warranted over the runup in stock prices.
((ALAN GREENSPAN/FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN: HISTORY DEMONSTRATES THAT
PARTICIPANTS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE SUSPECT TO WAVES OF OPTIMISM.))
SUPER=01-Alan Greenspan/Federal Reserve Chairman;
OUT Q=of optimism."
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 100 points but rebounded making up
about half the initial loss.
Ever since it purchased Dominion Bankshares back in 1992, First Union has
been a household name around here.
Now one of the southwest Virginia's largest employers is going for national
SUPER=04-First Union Advertisement;
First Union unveiled an 85-million dollar ad campaign to develop a "major
brand identity" across the U-S.
The spots airing during prime time t-v shows will add up to the largest
marketing campaign in the company's history.
SOT ad tape tot 00:02:48
((FIRST UNION ANNOUNCER: SUPPOSE SOMEONE WAS ABOUT TO MARRY THE SAVVY OF A
WALL STREET BROKER WITH THE COMMON SENSE OF A MAIN STREET BANKER?))
First Union's main pitch is to show consumers it's both a bank and a
financial services company.
Wall Street's strong run and the deregulation of the securities industry
have enabled financial services firms to grab a greater share of the
traditional banking market.
The Montgomery County jail will soon be smoke-free.
But inmates won't be the only toughing it out WITHOUT their cigarettes.
The policy will also apply to all sheriff's department employees.
They'll have until August first to try to kick the habit.
((DOUG MARRS/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF: THAT GIVES THEM SIX MONTHS, BECAUSE I KNOW
THAT IT HAS TO BE HARD FOR THEM AND GIVES THEM TIME TO TAPER OFF FROM IT, YOU
KNOW TO WHERE THEY CAN USE THE PATCHES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Doug Marrs/Montgomery Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=things like that.
Marrs says smoking is not only a health issue, but a safety concern in the
He says inmates often use matches to set fire to bed sheets and clothing,
and the new policy should eliminate those problems.
groovy music UNDER
Downtown Roanoke can get congested, making it difficult to get deliveries
to the right place on time... but one man makes a living doing just that.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
A new service has arrived in Roanoke, one you might normally associate with
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
It's a bike courier--
Here's Patrick Evans with a closer look at the business out hustling
deliveries all over downtown Roanoke.
SUPER=01-Cliff Krug/Roanoke Bike Messenger;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/44-46/Partly Cloudy/Very Mild/70-72;
SUPER=331-Mostly Cloudy/A Few Showers/44-46/Partly Cloudy/Wind SW-15/70-74;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/44-46/Variable Clouds/And Mild/65-67;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/42-46/Partly Sunny/And Breezy/65-68;
SUPER=334-Cloudy/With Drizzle/48-50/Breezy And/Mild/63-66;
health music under
Stick around for the latest edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly--coming up in
tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
The cloning research announced this week could help find ways to grow new
skin for burn patients, or eventually culture bone marrow for cancer patients.
But that's not what all the fuss is over--
Politicians and government health experts are weighing in....we'll hear
from Virginia Tech researchers working on their own genetic project.
Stay with us for Health Check.
health bump next
The issue has gained new attention with sheep cloning in Scotland.
SUPER=03-Scotland/Last Weekend; :
Now, the head of the National Institutes of Health dismisses any talk of
But Dr. Harold Varmus warns against BANNING all experiments.
He says research into cloning could lead to new treatments for serious
Meantime today, on Capitol Hill, a Missouri Senator wants Congress to ban
use of federal money for HUMAN cloning research.
Congress included a temporary ban on human cloning studies in a health
spending bill last year, but it expires September 30th.
When it comes to genetic animal research, a somewhat similar study in
Blacksburg is quietly gaining respect-- with PIGS as the main focus.
Andrew Freiden has the story.
IN Q=these pigs
SUPER=01-Bill Velander/Biochemical Engineer; :07
SUPER=04-Virginia Tech Video; :24
SUPER=01-Tim Withers/Research Assistant; :48
OUT Q=news7, blacksburg.
(( These pigs aren't just farm animals.
Virginia Tech researchers are using them as living protein factories.
IN Q=the mammary gland
((THE MAMMARY GLAND OF LIVESTOCK IS A VERY PRODIGIOUS MACHINE FOR MAKING
PROTEIN, AND WE HAVE INSERTED ANOTHER GENE TO MAKE A VIRALLY SAFE DISEASE SAFE
RECOMBINANT HUMAN PROTEIN.))
OUT Q=human protein
They have genetically altered pigs that produce milk with high
concentrations of human proteins that Hemophiliacs lack.
And their research was just published in January's Scientific American.
IN Q=we construct
((WE CONSTRUCT A GENE THAT CAN BE INSERTED INTO THE PIG EMBRYO, AND THIS GENE
IS VERY SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO TURN ON ONLY IN THE MAMMARY GLAND, DURING
OUT Q=during lactation
IN Q=Once a sow is
((ONCE A SOW IS LACTATING, SHE GETS FED TWICE A DAY, I WOULD BE MILKING ONCE A
DAY, I WOULD MOVE HER, AND AS YOU SAID, SHE WEIGHS 5-600 POUNDS. ))
OUT Q=600 pounds
The proteins can be removed from the milk, purified, and injected directly
into a human patient's bloodstream.
Bill Velander says the same proteins can be harvested from large amounts of
human plasma, but the process is extremely costly.
The American Red Cross is funding the study as a safer alternative--
Human plasma donors can transmit HIV or another virus, whereas Velander says
the pigs can't host any viruses that will infect humans.
IN Q=THE TRANSGENIC
((THE TRANSGENIC ANIMAL RESEARCH GROUP HOPES THAT IN ABOUT ONE YEAR, A PIG LIKE
THIS ONE WILL BE PRODUCING VITAL HUMAN PROTEINS. ANDREW FREIDEN, NEWS7.))
OUT Q=HUMAN PROTEINS
Don't think in terms of death, think in terms of life--
That was the advice of a speaker on AIDS at Ferrum College earlier this
IN Q=MY MAIN
((MY MAIN ADVICE IS TO CONTINUE TO LOVE THEM. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT, BECAUSE
THERE ARE SO MANY PERSON WHO ARE HIV POSITIVE WHO ARE LIVING WITH AIDS. WHOSE
FAMILIES HAVE TOTALLY REJECTED THEM, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE TIMES WHEN THEY
TRULY NEED SUPPORT. ))
SUPER=01-Joyce Bullock-Gibson/AIDS Speaker;
OUT Q=NEED SUPPORT
One of Joyce Bullock-Gibson's sons died after contracting the AIDS virus.
She says that uniquely qualifies her to speak to young people about the
dangers of AIDS-- and to offer advice to family members of patients.
IN Q=I WOULD
((I WOULD ADVISE THEM TO REALIZE THIS PERSON IS LIVING WITH AIDS, AND NOT DYING
OUT Q=WITH AIDS
Gibson's speech was the first in a week of AIDS Awareness sessions at the
She says students learn all about the nuts and bolts of HIV infection, but
they don't hear about the emotional toll it can take on families.
Time now for sports-- last night's Tech -- UVA game went right down to the
Mike has highlights-- along with the latest Hometown hoops Weekly
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
Martinsville is one of teams in our WDBJ coverage area competing in
Bulldog head coach Troy Wells is the focus of this edition of Hometown Hoops
Weekly. Steve mason has more on a successful changing of the guard.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Bassett/1997 Piedmont District Tournament; :25
SUPER=01-Troy Wells/Martinsville Head Coach; :38
SUPER=01-Husky Hall/Retired Bulldog Coach; :52
SUPER=01-Manti Venable/Martinsville Senior Forward; 1:19
OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops Weekly
The state is still buzzing over last night's ending to the Tech-UVa game at
the Richmond Coliseum.
SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Night; :00
Trailing by a point the Hokies needed this Jim Jackson shot to fall to pull
off the win.
It never came close, the Hokies cried foul, but the refs didn't toot their
SS=two minute ticker
Reaction from both sides to the final play coming up at six.
Have a good night everybody.
go to break
It is the music industry's biggest night- the Grammy Awards.
Last minute touches are underway at Madison Square Garden.
Name cards are in place-
Dancers are practicing their steps-
And singers are belting it out-
((DON'T WANT TO BE ALL BY MYSELF.....ANYMORE.))
Celine Dion ran into some audio trouble during practice.
She's just one artist up for a grammy.
((VINCE GILL: EVERYONE ALWAYS SAYS IT'S GREAT TO ... TONS OF GREAT STUFF.))
SUPER=01-Vince Gill/Grammy Nominee;
OUT Q=TONS OF GREAT STUFF."
You can watch the Grammys tonight at eight right here on Your Hometown
toss to robin
Coming up at Six, Virginia's cut loose without a state song.
Some say, the future image of the Commonwealth is at stake here.
SOT JOHNNY GREY 02:48:43
IN Q=We have
((WE HAVE IT MADE IN VIRGINIA AND HER ROOTS RUN DEEP AND TRUE.))
OUT Q=deep and true.
We'll hear from just one of the many aspiring songwriters who'd like to find
a place in Virginia history.
Plus we'll hear a snippet from the competition.
Ellen Qualls has the story in 30-minutes on NEWS 7 at SIX.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
Join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
See you later, Goodnight.